[Histonet] blood-borne infections and the cryostat.#[Scanned]

Weems, Joyce JWEEMS <@t> sjha.org
Wed Oct 20 08:04:18 CDT 2004

How can you be sure that the material is not infective? Universal precautions should prevail. If you are CAP approved, they recommend weekly cleaning/disinfecting if the cryostat is used daily.


This site has the info.

Good luck! Joyce

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax

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Subject: [Histonet] blood-borne infections and the cryostat.#[Scanned]

Our SOP states that frozen sections on tissue from patients with blood-borne
infections etc. should not be done. This has been custom and practice for as
long as I've worked here. After various phone calls to surrounding labs this
appears to be their custom as well. After looking through the current HSE
Safe working and prevention book 119 states that you decontaminate the
cryostat if contaminated with infective material. My question, are there any
new guidelines out there that I've missed? Or do I stick with refusing to do
them. P.S. cryostat not in CL3 room. Hopefully some info. could help me out
of a situation!! Thank in anticipation. Dave.  

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